Gabriela Alarcon, vocals
Jure Tori, accordeon, piano
Kurt Bauer, violin
Matjaž Stošić, guitar
Ewald Oberleitner, double bass
Alja Ferme in Sašo Živanović, dance
Accordionist and composer Jure Tori in 2020 celebrates 15 years of his solo career. With his international group Tori Tango he will mark his most creatively mature period with a new album. Argentine singer Gabriela Alarcón joined the ensemble and added additional genre credibility to the sensibility of the first Slovenian tango album. The sound image of the group was topped of by a guest member, master of vocal provocation or imitation of percussion and instrumental sounds, the Slovenian “beatboxer” Murat. The stage performance is complemented by the dance couple Alja Ferme and Sašo Živanović from the dance school Milonguero? Sí ! from Celje, so the concerts also stand out as unique and unrepeatable performances.
Jure Tori plays stories in his dialect, creating and playing music that smells of wine and earth, poetry and dance, and at the same time longs for the sun when trapped in dark mine shafts. With his authorial mark, he draws stories that are not difficult to imagine. Sometimes in a humorous, other times in a serious way, he plays his traumas and joys of life. This is the easiest way to hide or escape into his world. He earned the cult status of a virtuoso of black and white keys as a “trademark” and accordion trigger of the punk folk rock group Orlek from Zasavje, and he first expressed the unique sound character of his “solo career” in a duet with Austrian double bassist Ewald Oberleitner, with whom he recorded a highly acclaimed CD Odsev spomina (Reflection of A Memory, 2006). He developed the intimate chemistry of classical, jazz and folk with new sound practices in the Tori Trio, in which he included Indian percussionist Ganesha Anandan for the CD Najin dan (Our day, 2009) and Argentine guitarist Eduardo Contizanetti for Wine cafe (2012), which was later replaced by Cuban guitarist Ariel Cubria, and meanwhile, Jure Tori recorded an accordion solo recital entitled Tisti (That, 2012). Over the years, the Tori Trio has grown into a Tori Tango quartet with a different, “tango-scented” sound design, and a new member of the ensemble, the Austrian violinist Kurt Bauer, has greatly contributed to the new sound image. After the release of the debut For One Touch (2016), Italian guitarist Sergio Giangaspero joined and left the group, while guitarist Matjaž Stošić and Argentine singer Gabriela Alarcón completed the group in a quartet.
Jure Tori’s songs are published in accordion textbooks, and his music is present in Dušan Kastelic’s animations, Metod Pevec’s films, and various documentaries in Slovenia and Austria. Its projects include musicians from all over the world such as Ewald Oberleitner, Ariel Cubria, Ganesh Anandan, Eduardo Contizanetti, Rudi Medved, Polde Bibič, Aleš Šteger, Bogdana Herman, Jure Longyka, Neisha, the group Hiša, Marjan Bone, Primož Siter, Sergio Giangaspero , Swetja … He has created several of his own groups such as Tori Tango, Tori Trio, Jurski par, Tori Story, Orlek, Flora & Paris … Among others, he has performed in New York (CBGB), Sydney (FOX film studios), Beijing, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Tehran, London, Paris, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna (Porgy & Bess, Folks Theater), Sao Paulo, Montevideo, Milan, Berlin, Zagreb, Ljubljana, the Russian Tver (Philharmonic) … and played in parliaments in Brussels, Vienna, and in Ljubljana.
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